Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Game 34 Thread: May 12 @ D'backs, 6.30p

Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.70) vs. Edwin Jackson (1-4, 7.32).

COMMENTS: Edwin Jackson, Edwin Jackson; now why does that name ring a bell? Was he that 21-year-old that we dumped in January 2006 for Danys Baez and Lance Carter? Who posted a 14-11 record for the Rays in 2008, and a 13-9 record for the Tigers in 2009? Who has only faced the team that drafted him in 2001 and nursed him from infancy once before (winning 9-4 on June 24, 2007, marking his first win of that season after starting 0-8)? Who served as the answer to 2009 PCS Puzzle #13?

There are many who lament the departure of Jackson, and there are even more who lament the acquisition of Baez and Carter in his place. But in any event, here he is, with one win in seven starts this year and a ERA+ of 63, less than half of the ERA+ he sported his prior year with the Tigers. I have no doubt that Jackson is saltier than a slice of salami and will take the mound tonight firing bullets. I hope we didn't exhaust our offensive coffers with last night's breakout performance, which gave us our first road series victory of the season.

But as far as I'm concerned, any excuse we have to reference "Action Jackson" is a win in my book. So I guess the only question left is, "How do you like your ribs?"

164 comments:

Josh S. said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa. There's still plenty of offensive meat on that bone. Now you take this to Chase Field, shoot it past a diving infielder, add some stolen bases, a homer. Baby, you've got a stew going!

Dusty Baker said...

Martin
Kemp
Ethier
Ramirez
Loney
Blake
DeWitt
Carroll
Kuroda

A Delino said...

Ah Vanity (the woman, not the sin).

Best line of dialogue...
Craig T Nelson: "Give me one reason"
Vanity: "I'll give you two"

Cut to Vanity showing her two "reasons"

Classy, thought-provoking material.

Dusty Baker said...

Also thought-provoking, a news item I just encountered:

"NBC/WSJ poll: Six in 10 Americans favor more offshore drilling "

Dusty Baker said...

@Josh

What's with the pistachios reference on your Tweet?

Josh S. said...

@Dusty: Nothing too deep. I've never really liked pistachios, but there are some in this mix I'm eating. I tried them again and liked them. That's it.

The more you know...
*rainbow*

Dusty Baker said...

@Josh

I hear ya. I do not like pistachios but try them again every few years, just to be sure.

That's the way I was with avocado my whole life, until I was about 28. All of the sudden I LOVED avocado and now can't get enough.

But again, not so much with pistachios or their evil twin, pistachio ice cream.

Jason said...

Scandal of the day: Phillies bullpen coach caught stealing signs with binoculars. Since they were in Denver they didn't have their usual center field camera so they have to steal the signs some way, right?

Paul said...

"how do you like your ribs?". Action Jackson.

Carl Weathers is a genius and a great acting coach.

Small Sample Size said...

@ Jason They should stick a dude in the trees in CF. Get him a tree stand and camo! I can hook him up! I hate Philadelphia.

MR. F said...

read this on the DT comments from Jon Weisman:

Tony Jackson
(6:41 PM)
Earl, I have it on good authority (NOT from Colletti, from others) that if anything, Ned UNDERSTATED the issues with Kemp. This kid is really full of himself, to the point that it is becoming an issue in the clubhouse. I'm not saying they WILL trade him. I still think there is less than a 50-percent chance that they will. I'm just saying that if they do trade one of their core young players, he probably will be the one, not only because of these issues but also because he would have the most value.

Orel said...

Oh no! A talented individual thinks highly of himself!

NicJ said...

So I'm guessing Tony Jackson was a Jeff Kent fan.

NicJ said...

It seems to me that Casey takes it upon himself to keep Mattie in check. Which is good.

MR. F said...

Yeah. I don't think it's a big deal unless I hear more and more reports. But figured it'd be worth sharing.

NicJ said...

A Martinez on ESPN radio has been alluding to that for a few years now.

But maybe kemp just doesn't like the media.

I mean there are a couple of things that kemp does in the field that bother me, but it's mainly nitpicking on my part.

Neeebs said...

Fanerman is our roving reporter.

Mr. Customer said...

Yeah, guys like Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan, and Rickey Henderson really hurt their careers with that inflated sense of self-importance.

MR. F said...

I don't care much for the report or his attitude. But I hope he realizes that his base-running and defensive errors are significant, and unless he's hitting like a roided-up Barroid, he can't just take them for granted.

Mr. Customer said...

@MR.F

That's tough but fair.

Steve Sax said...

@Jason 4:18p: thanks for the tip, we'll post on it tomorrow morning after seasoning it overnight in a dry rub of snark

NicJ said...

The base stealing thing is pretty big especially when you have Maury Wills at your disposal.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Maybe his personal life is starting to affect his ego. I mean, seriously, how would you act if you started dating Rihanna?

Jason said...

Maybe it's time to start a #BlameRihanna Twitter tag?

Small Sample Size said...

Strasburg has held his opponent to less than 1 hit thru 6 IP. Eric Stephen says it is on MLB Network. Few minutes old, this info is.

MR. F said...

Jason,
I'm surprised it doesn't exist yet.

Paul said...

Holding someone to less than a hit. Is that a way of saying no hitter to avoid the jinx?

Josh S. said...

Matt Kemp has a big head?

Jason said...

Kemp's bobble head is flipping off Ned in that shot.

Josh S. said...

Vin Bot!

Steve Sax said...

Let's play ball!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I have a feeling we're going to make Jackson look like Roy Halladay.

A Delino said...

Why we are safe tonight.
Jackson is on my fantasy team.
That's a guarantee for no action.

Steve Sax said...

One two three out for la

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

A four-pitch walk to start the game. Not the greatest precursor.

rbnlaw said...

Chicks and dudes,
Hola from exile. I'll check in from time to time to share my witty insights and charming banter.

Do like this new roll the team's on.

Kaiser?

Steve Sax said...

That foul out is as good as a sac

Steve Sax said...

That foul out is as good as a sac

NicJ said...

I wonder if the are going to do a post of that catch by Casey on the Mets blog.

Steve Sax said...

Long inning for hiro

Steve Sax said...

KKuroda

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It took a while, but at least the inning is over.

Mr. Customer said...

Hmm…

Nothing doing yet.

Josh S. said...

Called strike at DeWitt's toes.

Josh S. said...

DeHit!

Josh S. said...

Pretty good contact for Kuroda.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

More crushing disappointment at the hands of a former Dodgers.

Josh S. said...

Eh, they didn't do squat first time through the lineup yesterday either.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

At least the Big K has settled down.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

C'mon Andre, homer here so you can finally pass that prick Kelly Johnson.

Josh S. said...

Insufferable, ego-driven base hit.

Mr. Customer said...

What a mensch.

Josh S. said...

MLASF wins.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

TAKE THAT, KELLY JOHNSON!!!

Mr. Customer said...

When MLASF wins, we all win!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

According to my math, Andre is on pace to hit 52 home runs, with 176 RBI's.

Freakishly good.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Aw crap.

David said...

Took the words out of my mouth, MLASF

David said...

The current MLB wins leader makes me lol. Not Halladay, not Jimenez...

David said...

Has blogger glitched again or did everybody just leave?

karina said...

Epale everyone!

If i don't feel particularly optimistic, should i stay outside this GT?

David said...

C'mon Matt, get on base so Mr.-better-than-Pujols can have his hacks.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Way to go, you arrogant bastard!

David said...

Or that. That works too, Kemp!

karina said...

Awesome Dre, you only took 2 pitches

Josh S. said...

Matt's first RBI since Ned-gate?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Argh, Blogger's screwy again.

Actually, Josh, Matt had that RBI triple against the Rockies on Friday.

Paul said...

Don't they know an arrogant bastard with talent or money is called eccentric.

Just like an ugly bastard with talent or money is called rugged.

Paul said...

I want my blogger back!!!!

Josh S. said...

I forgot about the triple. Though, 2 RBI in as many weeks is far from memorable.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Jamey Carroll has actually been downright decent today.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

I don't know how they can let Jackson keep going. Their bullpen must really be that bad.

David said...

WOW, an intentional walk to Either to face Ramirez? He's at Bonds status now, lol

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Andre's so good that they have to walk him to get to Manny.

rbnlaw said...

I feel like I'm a Denny's.
"I'll have the Mannyslam, please."

Josh S. said...

Oh how the game has changed.

rbnlaw said...

He. . .was. . .thatclosetoit.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Manny ripped that thing.

rbnlaw said...

"That ball wouldn't be out in a lot of parks."
"Name one."
"Yellowstone."

JBJ-1138 said...

god fucken damn chase field... manny woulda had granny numba22 in anyother field

Josh S. said...

It was a Mannyslam, hold the Manny.

David said...

That's what you get when you intentionally walk Andre the Awesome.

Mr. Customer said...

I have no argument with a 3-run double, however.

rbnlaw said...

Dodgers ask MLB to allow them to hit against D-Back pitching whenever they play another team.

MLB says, "We'll take it under consideration."

Mr. Customer said...

@rb/db

How bout those Bluebirds today? Suppose they can take Blackpool?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Chad and Clayton, take note. Hiroki throws 20 pitches in the first inning, and still manages to go seven innings.

David said...

@MLASF...Clayton threw 30 pitches in his first inning, and still managed to go 8 innings

Mr. Customer said...

@MLASF

Possibly most important, also walks just one.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

@David - It's still a recurring problem for both of them.

Paul said...

The bearded sombrero.

Paul said...

What is up with tequila companies getting so aggresive with their marketing behin homeplate?

I miss last year when they just made really bad commercials.

rbnlaw said...

Mr. C
I for one am pulling for Cardiff. Good for the city, good for the country to have a Welsh team in the EPL.

Think they could get Bale away from Spurs?

Paul said...

Going Carrolling

rbnlaw said...

Oh, and see what Fulham got for resting the first team?

David said...

Dang it!

rbnlaw said...

Admiral Ackbar has had a good night.

No traps!

rbnlaw said...

Who's the bullpen guy pitching the 8th?

Mr. Customer said...

@rb

Bale to Cardiff would be a win-win. I have a feeling this is going to be a chaotic summer for the EPL.

karina said...

Go Blue!

karina said...

100!

Dusty Baker said...

Jesus christyou suck Belly1.

Dusty Baker said...

Damn I missed some Coca-Cola League/EPL talk. Sorry guys!

Dusty Baker said...

MrC/RB

I want to send a shoutout to Mr Gareth Bale for making my fantasy EPL season a reasonably successful one. I bought him for two and change, held all year, and consistently scored a jackload of points off of him.

Dusty Baker said...

I also missed innings 6-7.5. Damn you, dodgy Tivo.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Well our bullpen sucks.

Dusty Baker said...

Good freakin god, can a reliever throw remotely near the plate? WTF?

Dusty Baker said...

That was freakish to see Brox warming up in the pen.

NicJ said...

I think kemp forgot how many outs there were.

David said...

At least the Arizona bullpen has a good chance of giving us a run or two in the ninth.

Paul said...

I always have to adjust the sound when that freakin coors light train comes around.

Paul said...

Homerun time you cocky sob.

NicJ said...

At least brox has a save opportunity now.

Paul said...

Ethier might have reached a new level of respect tonight

NicJ said...

Andre should really think about using an ankle guard.

Paul said...

Ouch!!!!!

Paul said...

Charter you fuck with Dusty you fuck with his whole blogger family!

Who is Charter?

karina said...

If they win, i think i'll be optimistic again.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Ugh. This won't be easy AGAIN.

karina said...

By the way Dusty, i have your back too.

Paul said...

I forgot I was about 10 seconds behind. Fast forward to the present.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Right now, NBC and Versus are probably committing suicide now that Syd the Kid is out of the playoffs. No Syd, no Ovi, no ratings.

Paul said...

Don't. Walk. Him.

karina said...

Ethier is a Trending Topic in the LA area

David said...

oh no.

Paul said...

Oh it is never easy. The highway is jammed with broken down heros on a last chance powerdrive.

Paul said...

One more out and we party!

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Oy. This is never easy.

Josh S. said...

Sweeeeeeeeeeet.

Josh S. said...

Sweeeeeeeeep.

David said...

We're back at .500! Oh my gosh!

Josh S. said...

.500!!!

Mr. Customer said...

Hey, we're 500!

karina said...

@Mr LASF it's not easy but if you think this is a sweep makes the suffering worthwhile

Paul said...

The dodgers record has a very eastern philosophy look to it now.

Dusty Baker said...

Charter = my cable "provider"

Mr. Customer said...

@paul

Full disclosure, I finally caved and bought an iPad, so i'm a bit distracted.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hah! Dead even! Take that, Anaheim!

Dusty Baker said...

Walking E to pitch to Manny. Wow. E has arrived, officially. And Manny made them pay! Love it!

.500! Woooo!

karina said...

@Paul i wanna hear about it.

@Mr C succumbed to the Ipad, now the question remains: @Josh S will or will not?

Paul said...

Mr. C

Oh no. Now much like Darth Vader you are more machine than man.

Dusty Baker said...

You did, Mr C? Man, I'm jealous.

Dusty Baker said...

The question is will Josh or Dusty cave first, Karina?

I think Mr C may have set in place a chain reaction.

karina said...

@Dusty i thought you already owned it.The watch begins!

Dusty Baker said...

@Karina

No, I have an iPhone but not the iPad.

Josh said...

Not gonna cave, at least this year. Gotta start saving for preschool.

And I need money for Luke to go to school too.

Josh S. said...

Gorrammit.

Josh S. said...

OK, I fixed it so if I'm accidentally logged into my other Google account, I'll still be me.

Dusty Baker said...

Nice wordplay above, Josh.

karina said...

@Josh S you have made my night!

Paul said...

Karina

The Dodgers win and loss number are complementary opposites of each other in terms of the positive number and the negative number and thus they create balance.

balance is nice for an outlook a life philosophy

Baseball isn't a life philosophy, it is much more important than that. So lets get a positive off balance feel from here on out.

Josh S. said...

Time to head south on the 5 and restore order to the baseball universe.

Dusty Baker said...

I'm feelin' it.

Was this the first-ever sweep at Dbags?

Josh S. said...

I firmly believe that if the Dodgers got Schmidt a win last year, they can get Ramon Ortiz a win.

Mr. Customer said...

Verdict: awesome.

Josh S. said...

Rest, then we feast on Taco Bell.

Paul said...

Dusty according to Vinny it was the first sweep.

We left them high and dry.

Josh S. said...

@Mr. C: Didja get the three-gee?

Josh S. said...

Uhhh...Chase isn't a band-box, Patrick O'Neal. Did you SEE Manny's double?

Dusty Baker said...

If Vin said it, it must be true.

Mr. Customer said...

@Josh

Yup, tree gee all the way. Mobile is a bit iffy for video, but browsing etc. works great. The video over wifi is really nice , tho

Paul said...

Can you hook up the ipad to a printer?

Steve Sax said...

Sorry I'm late. PGT up!

karina said...

@Paul thanks and +10 for the Radiohead reference

Steve Sax said...

@Karina 10:36p
This is what you get, when you mess with us.